Ranga Ugadi at Ranga Shankara

This year’s Ranga Ugadi at Ranga Shankara celebrates the seven Jnanapeetha Award Winners

of Kannada, in a daylong festival on Sun, Apr 3. While Karnad and Anantamurthy read from

their works ("Hoovu" and "Suryana Kudure" respectively), the works of Kuvempu, Bendre,

Karanth, Masti, and Gokak will be represented in the form of plays directed by well-known

directors, theatre songs and a film.

Ranga Ugadi is a tradition at Ranga Shankara. On the Sunday before Ugadi (falls on Apr 3 this

year), Kannada theatre, literature, folk arts and food come together for a daylong celebration.

Special folk arts from various parts of Karnataka will be performing too. The celebrations begin

at 11 AM and go on up to 9 PM. Well-known theatre directors, actors and troupes participate.

Special Ugadi cuisine will be served at the Ranga Shankara café throughout the day.

Details of the programme

11:00 AM – Mangalavadya

11:10 AM – Kuvempu: A scene from "Smashana Kurukshetra", directed by Dr. B V Rajaram for


11:45 AM – Folk Form – "Hardeshi-Nageshi", Basavaraja Neelappa Hadagali, Gadag

12:05 PM – D R Bendre: Scenes from "Saayo Aata", directed by Ganesh Shenoy for Sanchaya

1:00 PM – Lunch break

2:00 PM – Folk Form – "Taala Maddale", Vasudeva Rangabhatta and Party, Dakshina Kannada

2:30 PM – Shivarama Karanth: Scenes from the movie "Bettada Jeeva", directed by P Seshadri

3:00 PM – Masti Venkatesha Iyengar: Songs from the play "Kakana Kote" presented by C R

Simha for Nataranga

3:45 PM – Folk Form – "Harikathe" by Karibasavaiah and Party, Bangalore

4:15 PM – U R Anantamurthy: Reads from his "Suryana Kudure"


5:30 PM – Folk Form — "Kolaata — Korava Koravi" , M S Swamigowda and Party, Pandavapura

6:00 PM – V K Gokak: Scenes from the play "Yugaantara", directed by Krishnamurthy Kavattar

for Rangavatara.

6:45 PM – Folk Form – "Tattva Pada" by Yugadharma Ramanna, Hosadurga

7:00 PM – Girish Karnad: Reads from his "Hoovu"

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